Sashaine Noce-Katana, the Native American human rights activist and actress who turned down Marlon Brando’s Oscar in 1973, has died at the age of 75, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. She revealed in 2018 that she was suffering from breast cancer.
A little feather died at her home in Novato, Northern California, surrounded by her loved ones, the Hollywood Reporter wrote, citing a statement sent by her caregiver. In 1973, she was booed outside the Academy Awards after rejecting Marlon Brando’s award for best actor.
She refused to take the statuette from Roger Moore and began a speech about the film industry’s abuse of natives. She had to leave the stage after speaking for only a minute. A small feather said it was subsequently confiscated by the film industry for decades.
Earlier this year, the academy apologized to her in an open letter, admitting that her appearance had indeed led to her being “professionally boycotted, personally attacked and harassed and discriminated against for the past 50 years.”